“The best study of our times that I know Of all the books that I have read in the last 20 years, it is by far the one that has taught me the most.”—Le. Future Shock has ratings and reviews. Ted said: This book is still in print!To me, that’s pretty amazing. It seems that many readers would ra. When it was published in , Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock painted a picture–at times surprising and other times grim–of what future societies.

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A documentary film based on the book was released in with Orson Welles as on-screen narrator. If I had only read this 20 years ago and invested in AOL! Toffler asks a great question: This analysis of the phenomenon of information overload is continued in later publications, especially Toffper Third Wave and Powershift.

Not necessarily what will be, but what’s possible. The ideas in those 40 pages could have been expressed in three paragraphs –if they were worth being expressed. Too little change and life is boring. To ask other readers questions about Future Shockplease sign up. Knowledge, Futro, and Violence at the Edge of the 21st Century. Oct 02, Ron rated it liked it Shelves: Jun 04, Al Carlson rated it really liked it Shelves: Its message is clearly a driving force behind Ray Kurzweil’s “The Singularity Is Near”; billionaire Carlos Slim identified it as a key resource that helped him anticipate the future.

Want to Read saving…. A large number of people acted as prosumers eating their grown food, hunting animals, building their own houses, making clothes, Heidi Toffler shows off editions of the book from around the world.

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That said, his theme seemed to be right. Preview — Future Shock by Alvin Toffler. The letterforms were directly taken from the Random House jacket, but rearranged. If this is still relevant, how have we lived in the last 40 years then? Where will this all end? Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. I wish they’re write another one, so I could know what will be going on in But colorful lenses deceive as the old farm days were filled with sickness without good medical care, harsh environmental forces coming into play and people being left to the mercy of storm, rain and drought.

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We The author is a little long-winded, but this book is unintentionally hilarious at times. Jun 05, Frederick rated it it was ok. Our children should be studying Arthur C. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. His writing is excellent, often illustrating large complex ideas with understandable examples, but he doesn’t over-simplify nor repeat himself.

To me, that’s pretty amazing. Sure, it’s a bit dated, but it has some fun aspects. The author said 40 years ago that humans will have immense trouble to cope with all those things that I mentioned above.

Like a faster delivery from a fast bowler if were not carefully were gonna get caught out. It opens up the questions of what’s possible. For example, Toffler’s daughter went to shop in New York City and she couldn’t find a shop in its previous location.

Our ideas came together in in an article called ‘The future as a way of life’, which argued that change was going to accelerate and that the speed of change could induce disorientation in lots of people.

The success of “Future Shock” led to consulting gigs with big corporations and then more bestsellers.

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It’s tofflwr been easier roffler call something your own–for a few days or a few minutes at a time. His analysis and predictions in the first two books–published in the 70’s and 80’s–seem mundane now. Examines the effects of toffleg industrial and technological changes upon the individual, the family, and sgock. Sadly, society does not yet seem to have heeded Toffler’s calls to action, and much of our lives are filled with idle, ephemeral distraction while the ground shifts beneath our feet.


English Choose a language for shopping. But many of them were spot on. The atrocities inflicted by industrialization, technological revolution, shortening time and spaces, greater mobility of humans enabled by better transport, the demands of modern relationships and the lack of time thereof. Because if you have lived a long time in the face of radical changes taking place all around you, you see the world differently. This book was written 37 years ago, and Toffler’s predictions have to a great degree come true.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. But other aspects of this concept hit the mark–specifically, the idea that we’d be able to use things as needed and return them when we’re done.

Return to Book Page. Heavily influenced by Buckminster Fuller, and Toffler does seem to repeat himself often with out saying much in certain subparts of his ch It’s always fun to go back to the allvin, and futurist, Alvin Toffler, has offered suggestion and insights that are dead on, or still of concern in forty years from when the book was originally published.

Refresh and try again. Regardless, it’s a pretty horrible vision. A former associate editor of Fortune magazine, his early work focused on technology and its impact through effects like information overload.

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